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Funding boost for arts and humanities research

Funding boost for arts and humanities research

16 Aug 2018

The next generation of research professionals working in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland are to benefit from substantial funding awarded to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

SGSAH is one of 10 consortia across the UK to have received a share of £170 million in Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) funding from the AHRC, to support 190 PhD students over the next five years. Additional funding will be provided by ten of Scotland’s HEIs for a further 95 awards.

The AHRC DTP sits at the centre of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). Founded in 2014, SGSAH is the world’s first national graduate school for the arts and humanities, supporting 1750 doctoral researchers in 16 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across Scotland.

SFC has awarded an additional £1.2 million that, alongside contributions from HEI members, will allow the graduate school to continue to provide unique and innovative training opportunities for students registered across Scotland’s HEIs, irrespective of their funding source.

Dr Stuart Fancey, SFC’s Director of Research and Innovation, said: “Scotland’s culture and its economic growth are supported by our universities’ strength in the arts and humanities.  SGSAH harnesses the collective leadership of the sector to ensure Scotland provides the very best training to doctoral students in these disciplines, across the whole country.

“SFC is pleased to continue our partnership with the AHRC and the Scottish universities to provide even more opportunities for the next generation of researchers in the arts and humanities.”

Professor Roibeard O Maolalaigh, Co-chair of the Graduate School’s Board and Vice Principal for the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow, said: “I am delighted that SGSAH has been successful in its bid for AHRC DTP funding. This funding builds on SGSAH’s delivery of the previous DTP award, which enabled us to provide studentships for 309 doctoral researchers across Scotland. Increased funding commitments from our HEI members will allow us to support even more students over the next five years.

“The delivery of the DTP is only one aspect of SGSAH’s remit. Today we also celebrate the substantial funding awarded by the Scottish Funding Council. The SGSAH is unique in the arts and humanities doctoral landscape in that it offers innovative training opportunities for all arts and humanities doctoral researchers across Scotland. In just four years, SGSAH has funded more than 50 student-led training events, supported 80 internships and engaged with more than 145 external organisations. The SGSAH can confidently build on its considerable achievements.”

Read the full news release on SGSAH's website.